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Does this penguin have an itch?
$23,790
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

22 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See beautiful Antarctic ice
  • Witness massive wildlife spectacles
  • Experience three distinct regions
  • Enjoy superlative photo moments
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
If the epic stories of discovery, endurance, and polar explorers like Shackleton, or the sheer magnificence of ice-capped peaks don’t grab you, the wildlife certainly does: penguins (king, gentoo, and macaroni), sea lions, fur seals, and enormous elephant seals cozy up to these shores. Only …
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Snorkel with sea turtles as you cruise the South Pacific
$15,680
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Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Tour the unique Marquesas
  • See ancient stone sculptures
  • Hike remote Fatu Hiva
  • Dive or snorkel Fakarava reefs
Activities: Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Remote and enigmatic, the Marquesas are islands that belong to the past. Some of them virtually untouched since the era of European exploration, their isolation has given way to a proud people whose unique Marquesan dialect is a direct link to the ancient Polynesian language of Maohi. Indeed, it is …
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View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel
$13,940
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Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn

14 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore Isla de los Estados
  • See storied Cape Horn
  • Discover Torres del Paine
  • Zodiac cruise and kayak
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This unique 14-day land-and-sea expedition includes three days of exploring Torres del Paine, a jewel of Patagonia that teems with its iconic wildlife including Andean condors, guanacos, and rheas. Board National Geographic Orion to venture far beyond any tourist infrastructure. Kayak peaceful, …
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Enjoy fine dining on a Culinary tour, food
$7,990
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Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Spend a day discovering Galicia
  • Discover iconic architecture
  • Sample world-renowned port wines
  • Experience Basque country
Activities: Cooking Class, Local Market, Small Ship Cruise, Wine Tasting
Activity Level: Relaxed
From Oporto’s local Port Houses to the chocolate makers of Bayonne, this 8-day voyage is sure to satisfy your appetite for the cuisine and culture of the upper Iberian coast. Explore the splendor of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, tour a Galician mansion, meander through the local villages …
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The mountainous island chain of Tahiti
$17,990
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Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

18 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Dive or snorkel stunning reefs
  • Trace the legend of the HMS Bounty
  • Explore unusual Henderson Island
  • Examine the moai at Easter Island
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling
Activity Level: Relaxed
Following in the wake of early Polynesian navigators, this voyage takes you to the farthest reaches of Oceania. As you sail from mysterious Easter Island to Tahiti, interact with the locals of small villages and discover some of the secrets and traditions of the islands. Walk the length of …
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View unique underwater wildlife
$15,680
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Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Tahiti

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Ride Zodiacs to sparkling lagoons
  • Snorkel and dive colorful reefs
  • Visit tiny Wallis & Futuna
  • Explore Fiji's marine park
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on a sweeping adventure to the western reaches of Polynesia and explore from the verdant crags of Tahiti to the vibrant reefs of Fiji—plus tropical islands and reefs that few others will ever see. Immerse yourself in Aitutaki’s warm turquoise waters, and experience genuine …
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Cabanas silhouette  on a Bora Bora cruise
$7,690
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French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Visit Marae Taputapuatea on Raiatea
  • Snorkel or dive healthy reefs
  • Learn stand-up paddle boarding
  • Navigate Tiputa Pass into Rangiroa
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Biking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Venture to the heart of Polynesian culture and wildness on this highly immersive expedition where options abound. Choose to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or take a bike ride for independent exploration and to connect with these people and islands on a personal level. Explore the historic ceremonial …
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Scuba diving on coral reef
$7,690
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Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore healthy reef systems
  • Follow in Capt. Cook's footsteps
  • Snorkel, dive, and ride zodiacs
  • Visit ancient archaeological sites
  • Visit pristine beaches and lagoons
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling
Activity Level: Relaxed
Discover that the idealized notion of tropical paradise is alive and well—as are some of the world’s best dive and snorkel sites—on an expedition from Rangiroa’s sparkling lagoon to the verdant peaks of Tahiti’s neighbor, Moorea. This compact voyage maximizes your time …
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A mother gentoo penguin and her chick
$13,760
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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See legendary landscapes & habitats
  • Encounter iconic wildlife
  • Kayak, Zodiac cruise, and hike
  • Experience the Antarctic undersea
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style, aboard an authentic expedition ship, is an incomparable experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Lindblad Expedition’s pioneering polar heritage and 40+ years of experience navigating polar geographies …
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Guanacos in Torres del Paine Park
$8,950
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Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island

9 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore Isla de los Estados
  • Venture into wildlife reserves
  • Take advantage of superb photo ops
  • Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Remote and largely inaccessible, Patagonia is the essence of wildness—a maze of channels and islands. Venture deep into Chile’s glorious fjords past incandescent icebergs and massive glaciers. From the “land of fire,” Tierra del Fuego, to the jagged spires of Torres del …
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2017
EmbarksDays 
Sep 308Culture and Cuisine from Oporto to Basque Country
Oct 2814Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn
Nov 019Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island
Nov 0822Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Nov 2822Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Dec 1812Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 2812Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
2018
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0712Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 1712Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 2722Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Feb 1622Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Mar 0814Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn
Mar 089Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island
Mar 2718Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific
Apr 138French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Apr 208Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands
Apr 278French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
May 048Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands
May 1115Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Tahiti
May 2515Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Tahiti
Jun 088French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Jun 158Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands
Jun 2215Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas
Jul 068French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Jul 138French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Jul 208French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Jul 278French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Aug 038French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Aug 108Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands
Aug 1715Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas
Aug 3118Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific
Oct 2614Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn
Oct 309Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island
Nov 0622Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Nov 2612Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 0612Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 1612Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 2612Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
2019
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0512Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 1512Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 2512Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Feb 0412Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Feb 1422Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Passengers: 102
Ship Type: Luxury Expedition Ship

The National Geographic Orion captures the essence of the NatGeo name, combining their signature brand of education and exploration with a luxurious flair. Just like its sister ships, this state-of-the-art vessel features zodiacs, kayaks, HD cameras and operators, and even a remote operated vehicle for insight into the most hidden corners of the natural world. Plus, it provides snorkeling and diving gear for those interested in getting up close and personal with the stunning marine life.

This stabilized ice-class vessel is perhaps one of the most elegant and sophistocated expedition ships in the world, launched with innovative features and sustainable standards & practices in 2003. Although much of your time will be spent exploring the breathtaking nature of your destination, there are also plenty of areas onboard that better place this five-star boat in the luxury mega-yacht category rather than the cruise ship category. 

Guests will enjoy the fitness center & spa, a boutique shop, beauty salon, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, and multiple social areas. The lecture theater is an immersive place to learn more about your destination from the expert expedition leaders. And the lounge and cocktail bar is a relaxing way to unwind after a full day of exploration. An outdoor cafe, exploration lounge, and restaurants with panoramic views will constantly remind you that you are exploring paradise aboard one of the world's finest expedition ships.
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1 Single
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 2 Cabin.
Category 2
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Category 3
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Category 3 Single
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
Category 4
Upper and veranda decks with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
Category 5
Upper deck with balcony
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
Category 6
Veranda deck - suite
Deck plan for the National Geographic Orion
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